Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 1st May 2010 22:17 UTC
Legal We've all heard how the h.264 is rolled over on patents and royalties. Even with these facts, I kept supporting the best-performing "delivery" codec in the market, which is h.264. "Let the best win", I kept thinking. But it wasn't until very recently when I was made aware that the problem is way deeper. No, my friends. It's not just a matter of just "picking Theora" to export a video to Youtube and be clear of any litigation. MPEG-LA's trick runs way deeper! The [street-smart] people at MPEG-LA have made sure that from the moment we use a camera or camcorder to shoot an mpeg2 (e.g. HDV cams) or h.264 video (e.g. digicams, HD dSLRs, AVCHD cams), we owe them royalties, even if the final video distributed was not encoded using their codecs! Let me show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.

UPDATE: Engadget just wrote a reply to this article. The article says that you don't need an extra license to shoot commercial video with h.264 cameras, but I wonder why the license says otherwise, and Engadget's "quotes" of user/filmmaker indemnification by MPEG-LA are anonymous...

UPDATE 2: Engadget's editor replied to me. So according to him, the quotes are not anonymous, but organization-wide on purpose. If that's the case, I guess this concludes that. And I can take them on their word from now on.

UPDATE 3: And regarding royalties (as opposed to just licensing), one more reply by Engadget's editor.

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Nothing to worry
by banolette on Sun 2nd May 2010 20:27 UTC
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I'm not going to lose sleep over h.264 patents and the endangerment of human creativity and expression. People aren't about to be limited by legal and technical constraints. We have overcome a lot worse during our short existence on this Earth, and some faceless corporation isn't about to stop that.

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RE: Nothing to worry
by stuffedcrust on Mon 3rd May 2010 06:26 in reply to "Nothing to worry"
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What you said is true only because there are people who do lose sleep over this sort of thing and fight it. They win our freedom, and for the rest of us who sit back and take advantage, the least we can do is recognise their importance.

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